Ungku Omar Polytechnic (PUO) has taken various initiatives to increase the marketability of graduates and the community in line with current industrial demands, taking on the challenges of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) era.
Director of PUO, Ts. Mohd Fisal Haroon said that each graduate needs to face transformational waves of IR4.0 demands which emphasizes mastering of 4C elements, namely critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity.
“To prepare holistic graduates that fulfill industrial requirements, PUO via its Corporate Industrial Services and Employment Centre (CISEC) will be signing a strategic collaboration certificate (COC) with 26 parties comprising industries, public agencies and NGOs.
“The joint effort is to improve the polytechnic’s strategic collaboration with technology-related industrial partners, public agencies and NGOs covering curriculum, training, research, teaching and learning and community welfare sectors.
“Besides increasing marketability of graduates, the collaboration will also expose students to career opportunities in industrial and public sectors after they finish their studies.”
He said after the COC signing ceremony in conjunction with an appointment ceremony of the Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) and PUO IAC meeting recently.
Also present were Toh Indera Jaya, Dato’ Ishak Mohamed and Chairman of the Maritime Education and Training Academy (META), Tan Sri Sufri Mohd Zin.
Meanwhile, Mohd Fisal appointed 11 industrial partners as industrial advisors and handed over letters of appointment of the 2021-2022 PUO IAC Committee.
“Also, I’d like to convey my appreciation to previous industrial partners who were with the previous 2018-2020 PUO Advisory Committee.
“The IAC appointment will open up space for sharing of expertise and provide professional consultation services for both lecturers and students,” he expressed.
Simultaneously, Mohd Fisal launched the PUO Sejahtera application and PUO COVID-19 Prevention Plan Guideline book.
The industrial partners involved in the collaboration are:
- Public Works Department (JKR) Perak
- Malaysia Association for the Blind (MAB)
- Persatuan Pencinta Teknologi Hijau (Association of Green Technology Lovers)
- Perak Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM)
- KNZ Engineering Sdn Bhd
- MyInvent Technologies Sdn Bhd
- Zenig Auto Sdn Bhd
- WSA Venture Australia (M) Sdn Bhd
- Pertubuhan Kelana Seni dan Warisan Negeri Perak (Perak Heritage and Arts Organisation)
- Roboshop Technologies
- JV Empire Holding Sdn Bhd
- Zhaft Autohaus Sdn Bhd
- National Institute of Land and Survey (INSTUN)
- CMA Ships Singapore
- CLCE Construction Sdn Bhd
- Binawira Engineering Sdn Bhd
- Kumpulan Jebco (M) Sdn Bhd (Jebco Group)
- Perak State Education Department
- Rasma Corporation Sdn Bhd
- Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB)
- WSA Engineering Sdn Bhd
- Cytron Technologies Sdn Bhd
Companies appointed as IAC are:
- Trans Resources Corporation Sdn Bhd
- Micro Precision Engineering Sdn Bhd
- MNZ Waja
- Perak State Sports Council
- Perak Entrepreneur and Skills Development Centre
- KNZ Engineering Sdn Bhd
- Federation of Malaysia Manufacturers (FMM) (Perak Branch)